It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/6/20


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!


Thursday: Sometimes a Wall… by Dianne White, Illustrated by Barroux

Sunday: Author Interview with Lamar Giles, Author of The Last Mirror on the Left

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  • Novels
    • I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for a manuscript that I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT, and I cannot wait for it to be something I can talk about!
    • Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit: “Vivy Cohen wants to play baseball. Ever since her hero, Major League star pitcher VJ Capello, taught her how to throw a knuckleball at a family fun day for kids with autism, she’s been perfecting her pitch. And now she knows she’s ready to play on a real team. When her social skills teacher makes her write a letter to someone she knows, she writes to VJ and tells him everything about how much she wants to pitch, and how her mom says she can’t because she’s a girl and because she has autism. And then two amazing things happen: Vivy meets a Little League coach who invites her to join his team, the Flying Squirrels. And VJ starts writing back.”
    • Brave Like That by Lindsey Stoddard: “Cyrus Olson’s dad is a hero—Northfield’s former football star and now one of their finest firefighters. Everyone expects Cyrus to follow in his dad’s record-breaking footsteps, and he wishes they were right—except he’s never been brave like that. But this year, with the help of a stray dog, a few new friends, a little bit of rhythm, and a lot of nerve, he may just discover that actually…he is.”
    • The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling: “One year after a random shooting changed their family forever, Nora and her father are exploring a slot canyon deep in the Arizona desert, hoping it will help them find peace. Nora longs for things to go back to normal, like they were when her mother was still alive, while her father keeps them isolated in fear of other people. But when they reach the bottom of the canyon, the unthinkable happens: A flash flood rips across their path, sweeping away Nora’s father and all of their supplies.”
    • Don’t Judge Me by Lisa Schroeder: I’ll be reviewing this next week!
  • Graphic Novels
    • All Together Now by Hope Larson: This sequel continues looking at figuring out who you are as the main character is between childhood and teenage. I love the conflicts and characters!
    • Twins by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright: Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright blew it out of the park! This is going to be a very popular graphic novel and it is well deserved. One of my favorite parts of the book is the secondary characters–so well crafted!
    • New Kid (reread) and Class Act by Jerry Craft: I reread New Kid so I could be fresh for the sequel, and I enjoyed the experience even more now that there is a second book. The second book gives a more well-rounded look at Drew and Liam.
    • Pizza and Taco: Best Party Ever! by Stephen Shaskan: This duo is so silly and this book is just as fun as the first!
    • Beak & Ally: Unlikely Friends by Norm Feuti: A new unlikely duo in a humorous graphic novel.
  • New favorite series that Trent read to me!
    • Who Would Win?: This fun nonfiction head to head series is a book that Trent I love reading together. The books take you through the features of each animal then reenacts a battle to show who would win. Then in the back there is a head to head checklist. We’re loving these!
  • Picture Books (Check out my Goodreads Challenge page to see them all, but here are the ones that blew me away!):
    • The Imaginaries: Little Scraps of Larger Stories by Emily Winfield Martin: I loved these beuatiful little scraps of starts of stories. I want to take these to students and have them grown these seeds of stories!
    • Hike by Pete Oswald: Beautiful wordless picture book that celebrates nature.
    • Not Playing By the Rules: 21 Female Athletes Who Changed Sports by Lesa Cline-Ransome: Love this celebration of these amazing women!
    • (I reviewed the Lyric Pop books in the past and will review William Still this week)

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2020 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.


I loved Pénélope Bagieu’s graphic novel interpretation of The Witches by Roald Dahl. It brought back so many memories. I started reading this to my 6-year-old, and it was pretty scary. We stopped, and he snuck peeks at it for a bit. Finally, we were able to read it (with him repeating, “This isn’t scary” over and over to reassure himself). I’d definitely aim for upper elementary to middle school for this one. The images are so well done that they scared me a bit, too!



I am almost done with The Stepping Off Place (audiobook).
Not sure what I am going to read or listen to after!


I started reading an ARC of Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley. Whew….this is going to be one of my favorites this year. I can already tell.



Tuesday: William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad by Don Tate

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi

Sunday: Authors Interview with Philippe Cousteau and Austin Aslan, Authors of The Endangereds


Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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2 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/6/20”

  1. I’m looking forward to reading Class Act. My library has it on order as a hardcopy book, but they also have it in ebook format. I tell myself I can wait, but…
    I looked at The Witches, but then decided that I will read it if it makes it through the first tier of Cybil judges. I hope you both have fabulous weeks!

  2. We JUST got All Summer Long a couple weeks ago, so I hope to get to All Together Now very soon. And I’m very excited about The Canyon’s Edge. I love everything Dusti Bowling writes!! My husband bought Class Act to read with our boys (they loved New Kid), so I didn’t even have to go looking for that one. YAY! Thanks for all these shares!!


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